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Author Guidelines

General Rules

Ciencias Veterinarias publishes unpublished articles that cannot be simultaneously considered for publication by other journals.


Scientific articles or reviews of scientific literature: original research papers and articles reviewing research or synthesizing knowledge, with special reference to systematic reviews and critiques of published articles.

Short Communications, Technical Notes or Case Reports: oriented to the continuing education of the professional. The subject matter addressed in this section will be related to the methods and techniques of the professionals, forms of scientific expression, writing, description of bibliographic resources, laboratory or computer applications, among others.

In a case report, one or more cases are included that refer to a new or rare condition/disease, or a unique combination of characteristics that will contribute new and substantial information to the veterinary scientific literature or advance a testable hypothesis.

Other sections: the journal includes other sections (editorials, interviews, newsletters, e-books, specialist consultation, supplements and other special formats) for which the Journal is responsible for articles. Authors wishing to contribute to any of these sections should consult in advance.


About the manuscript entitled

Through this document, Ciencias Veterinarias assumes the exclusive rights to edit, publish, reproduce, distribute copies, prepare derivative works in paper, electronic or multimedia format, and include the article in national and international indexes or databases.

General format

Papers for publication should be submitted in electronic file format compatible with the Windows Word program "extension .doc or docx".

Language: Spanish or English, abstract in both languages.

Font: Section headings: Arial 14.

Texts: Arial 12.

Titles of figures and tables, authors: Arial 11.

Abstract and Abstract, keywords and Key words: Arial 11.

Text: Double spaced, paragraphs without indentation.

Maximum length: Scientific articles: 5000 words. Short Communications or Case Reports: 3000 words. Reviews: 8,000 words.

Margins: Upper 3 cm. Bottom 2.5 cm. Left: 3 cm. Right: 2.5 cm.

Abbreviations should conform to the International System of Units (mm, cm, m, km, g, mg, %, PSU, °C). Decimal places should be separated by a period.

Footnotes or appendices should not be included; supplementary material should be included only when indispensable.

General structure of the scientific article

Title of the article: Centered, bold, in Spanish and English and size 14 font. Use capital letters only where appropriate. Scientific names in italics. A single space should be left between the title and the authors.

Author(s): Arial 12 font. Name and surname(s), centered and indicating institutional affiliation (use superscripts with numbers), place of work or physical address, and e-mail. The affiliation of all authors should be indicated, noting who is the author in charge of the correspondence, and marking it with an asterisk. A single space should be left between the author(s) and the Abstract.

Section headings should be placed in the left margin (Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conflict of Interest, Acknowledgements, References). Section headings should be written in bold type, leaving a space at the beginning of the text. There should be no space between paragraphs of the same section.

Abstract: Each article should be preceded by an abstract in English and Spanish. Each abstract should not exceed 300 words.

Keywords: Each abstract should be followed by keywords (maximum five) representative of the content of the article.

Introduction: It should explain the purpose of the article, and state and justify the research problem. In addition, it should include specific information on the background of the subject under study, as well as the status of the topic to be addressed.

Materials and Methods: The methodology used and all the information necessary for the work to be repeatable are presented. The selection of the methods used can also be supported.

Results: They are presented in text form and can be combined with the discussion. Data can be included using tables and figures (when required). Tables and figures should be numbered consecutively, and have titles appropriate to the content (in Spanish or English); bold type should not be used, and both lower and upper case letters should be accentuated. The origin of the data they contain should be cited, and they should be mentioned in the text. Data or illustrations unrelated to the text should not be included.

Title of Tables: They should be single-spaced and placed at the top of the table, in lowercase and bold.

Tables: Vertical lines should be avoided, and horizontal lines should be used only when separating information fields (headings, subheadings, lower fields or independent intermediate fields such as subtotals).

Title of Figures: They should be written single-spaced. The title should be placed at the bottom of the figure, in lower case and not bold.

Tables and figures should be sent with an appropriate reduction (up to 60%), and their elements should have the necessary size to allow easy reading; the size of the letters and the thickness of the lines should be appropriate so that they are visible and clear when a reduction is made. The typeface should not be smaller than 8 points. Drawings and/or photographs may be included in the manuscript.

Discussion: The author should discuss the most relevant results using pertinent and updated references. Only one section of Results and Discussion is allowed.

Conflict of Interest: Authors should declare whether or not they have conflict of interest.

Conclusions: Any conclusion should be supported by the data presented and discussed, and in strict accordance with the purpose of the article. When it is a synthesis of findings, proposals may be included in this section, at the author's discretion.

Acknowledgements: They should reflect an authentic appreciation towards those who have collaborated in the research.

References: Bibliographical references are made based on the APA seventh edition model with documents duly published or accepted for publication. Personal communications or unpublished data will be referred to as such in the text within parentheses. Examples of in-text references: one author (Chavarría, 2014), two authors (Chavarría & Morales 2014), three authors or more (Chavarría et al. 2014). Multiple references within the text will be arranged in alphabetical order (Hun et al. 2009; Hun et al. 2011; Labruna et al. 2011).

The list of references will be placed at the end of the text following the examples below:

Getty, R. (1975). Sisson and Grossman’s The Anatomy of Domestic Animals, (5th Ed). WB Saunders.

Hartshorn, G.S. (1983). Plants. In: D.H. Janzen (Ed.). Costa Rican Natural History (pp. 118–157). University of Chicago Press.

Hawkins, M.G., Crossley, B.M., Osofsky, A., Webby, R.J., Lee, C.W., Suarez, D.L. & Hietala, S.K. (2006). Avian influenza A virus subtype H5N2 in a red-lored Amazon parrot. J. Am. Vet. Med. Assoc, 228, 236 –241.

Shahir, M. H., Moradi, S., Afsarian, O. & Esmaeilipour, O.  (2013). Effects of cereal type, enzyme and sodium butyrate addition on growth performance, carcass traits and intestinal morphology of broilers.  Brazilian Journal of Poultry Science, 15(3), 181-189.

Shanawany, M. M. (2014). Recent developments in ostrich farming. v6200b02.htm

The digital object identifier (doi) must be included in those references that have it.


General structure of the Short Communication, Technical Note or Case Report:

The same criteria are used as for the Scientific Article regarding the Title of the article, Author(s), Abstract, Abstract and Keywords. However, for scientific notes each abstract should not exceed 75 words.

Section headings should be placed in the left margin (Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements, Conflict of Interest, References). Section headings should be written using bold type, and leaving a space to begin the text. There should be no space between paragraphs in the same section.
Introduction: Succinctly frame the problem to be solved and the objective with a theoretical underpinning. The text should be written continuously and without space between paragraphs.
Tables and Figures: They should follow the same format as in scientific articles.
Acknowledgements: They should be placed as the last paragraph, without heading.
References: Should follow the same format as in scientific articles.


Ethical Responsibilities

When describing experiments that have been carried out on animals, it should be indicated if the procedures followed are in accordance with the ethical norms of Animal Welfare and were authorized by the respective instance.

Permission for publication by the institution that has financed the research should also be attached.

Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to partially reproduce material (text, tables or figures) from other publications. These must be requested both from the author and from the publisher that published the material.

Conflict of interest: the journal expects authors to declare any commercial association that may involve a conflict of interest in connection with the submitted article.

Published papers should comply with national and international ethical standards, both professional and scientific. If necessary, the Editorial Board will ask authors for additional information, including original data.

Submission Preparation Checklist

All submissions must meet the following requirements.

  • The petition has not been previously published, nor has it been submitted simultaneously to another journal (or an explanation has been provided in comments to the editor).
  • The submitted manuscript is in Microsoft Word format.
  • Web addresses and DOIs have been added for references where possible.
  • The text is double-spaced; the font size is 12 point; italics are used instead of underlining (except for URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures and tables are in the right place within the text and not at the end of the text.
  • The text complies with the bibliographical and stylistic requirements indicated in the Guidelines for authors, which can be found in About the Journal.
  • If you are submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, you need to make sure that the instructions on Assuring a blind peer review) have been followed.

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